Episode 1 S17, E1: Out of the thousands who applied, 40 hopeful amateur cooks have made it through to compete over four weeks of heats. The contestants get their first chance to win an apron by cooking their signature dish, something that tells judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace who they are as a cook and how good they can become. After tasting all five plates, John and Gregg pick their two favourite dishes, with those two cooks earning a coveted MasterChef apron and a place in the next round.
Top chef and restaurateur John Torode, and food writer and ingredients expert Gregg Wallace are once again searching for the country's best amateur cook. The hopeful contestants must face a series of high-pressure tests to see who has the passion, skill and creativity to progress through the competition. The very best chefs will make it through, but only one of them can be crowned the MasterChef champion.